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Waterboys (2001)

In a Japanese high school, a class of adolescent geeks joins the new synchronized swimming teacher and takes up the challenge to take part in the competition, in spite of the mockeries of the "real sportsmen".

Director:

Shinobu Yaguchi

Writers:

Yasushi Fukuda (screenplay), Shinobu Yaguchi (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Satoshi Tsumabuki ... Suzuki
Hiroshi Tamaki ... Sato
Akifumi Miura Akifumi Miura ... Ohta
Kôen Kondô ... Kanazawa
Takatoshi Kaneko Takatoshi Kaneko ... Saotome
Aya Hirayama Aya Hirayama ... Shizuko Kiuchi
Kaori Manabe Kaori Manabe ... Mrs. Sakuma
Takashi Kawamura Takashi Kawamura ... Ikeuchi
Hiroshi Matsunaga Hiroshi Matsunaga ... Mochizuki
Yûya Nishikawa Yûya Nishikawa ... Sakamoto
Katsuyuki Yamazaki Katsuyuki Yamazaki ... Yama-chan
Taiyô Sugiura Taiyô Sugiura ... Taiyô
Koutarou Tanaka Koutarou Tanaka ... Koutarou
Makoto Ishihara Makoto Ishihara ... Makoto
Naoshi Saitô Naoshi Saitô ... Naoshi
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In a Japanese high school, a class of adolescent geeks joins the new synchronized swimming teacher and takes up the challenge to take part in the competition, in spite of the mockeries of the "real sportsmen".

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Comedy | Sport

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

15 September 2001 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Hablegények See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Connections

Followed by Waterboys 2005 Natsu (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

SYMPHONY NO.9 IN D MINOR, OP.125 -- 4th Movement
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
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Synchro! Synchro! Synchro!
21 March 2009 | by JuggertroutSee all my reviews

Waterboys is a zany, sweet comedy about a group of boys who get roped into starting a synchronised swimming team, and then have to get together a routine for an exhibition in a few weeks time! It's fun stuff that aims low and hits hard. There are lots of great sight gags and other slapstick comedy, but there's also an interesting love story and fantastic acting from the boys.

The film rolls along at a great pace, with Yaguchi a talented director treating us to lengthy tracking shots and other technical flourishes. The film never bores and always pleases, and as we head towards the climax, the comedy keeps coming, and the final 'routine' will delight you with its genius. A fun, endlessly rewatchable madcap comedy.


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